The state Supreme Court has issued an execution order for 59-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson for the 1989 abduction, rape and murder of 17-year-old Kelli Hall in St. Louis County. The Court has set March 26 as his execution date. Ferguson is 59.
Ferguson and another man, Kenneth Ousley, abducted Hall from the St. Charles gas station she was working at on February 9, 1989. Her body was found three weeks later on a nearby farm. DNA evidence found on Hall’s coat was matched to Ferguson.
Ferguson and Ousley were charged with first degree murder but Ousley pleaded guilty and received a life sentence.
The next execution is set to happen early Wednesday morning. 48-year-old Michael Taylor is to receive a lethal injection for another 1989 murder, that of 15-year-old Ann Harrison of Kansas City.
Taylor and Furguson were among four condemned men, the attorneys for whom were ordered by the Court in December to present arguments why it should not set their execution dates. The other two of those four were Roderick Nunley, also involved in the murder of Ann Harrison, and David Barnett, sentenced to death for the murder of his grandparents.